Around The Big 12: Week Five
Victors over everyone’s lovable underdog Iowa State, Tommy Tuberville continues laughing and breaking west Texas wind at his detractors. Texas Tech remains undefeated, hosts a nemesis in Oklahoma they usually contain and are veering off course if Bobby Petrino was an option in 2013. I wonder, between an 8-4 or 9-3 campaign and putting the motorcycle enthusiast in red and black, what the Lubbock faithful desire?
The defense thus far in Ames has impressed. To notch their annual upset though, Paul Rhoads needs more from quarterback Steele Jantz. I mean, outside of an always enjoyable moniker.
Regrouping on a bye week before invading Lubbock, Bob Stoops probably took his defensive coordinator brother, Mike out for dinner. And the conversation, while civil between siblings, evidently devolved into a tug of war, wiffle ball game and RBI Baseball marathon to see which coach called practice blitzes on Landry Jones. If the senior quarterback is going to regress, by God, he’s going to do it in style.
Geno Smith incinerated the Baylor defense en route to a 70-63 win while grilling a steak, reading Atlas Shrugged and contemplating Martian bases with his time in the backfield. A little-known secret made public on Sunday had the Bears and Mountaineers agreeing to count to “ten Mississippi” before rushing the opposing quarterback.
Good news: the Jayhawks didn’t lose Saturday. Better news: the Jayhawks weren’t on television Saturday. Best news: the Jayhawks didn’t play Saturday. The only downside to any of that is the lack of a Charlie Weis presser transcript which is quickly becoming required reading.
Playing without Wes Lunt, the Cowboys nearly knocked off Texas for a third straight season. Only Joe Bergeron’s fumble-but-not-called-a-fumble-so-touchdown prevented it. Conspiracy in Stillwater? If a problem needs solving, T. Boone Pickens’ first message is to Dennis Quaid’s character on Vegas because of course he watches CBS.
It’s kind of a bummer to drop more than sixty on a conference opponent and come up short. Perhaps Art Briles wanted to quell that Arkansas chatter once and for all. And is there any better way to accomplish a negative reputation in the SEC than to play the college version of 7-on-7*? (*Look the other way Tennessee and Georgia, you tooTexas A&M and Missouri, you’re not welcome here.)
If Mack Brown ran to succeed Rick Perry as Governor of the Lone Star State, he’d point to David Ash’s progression from 2011 to 2012, mumble something about the “great state of Texas” and head to the victory party. Unfortunately, that pesky defense almost allowed Oklahoma State to ruin his quarterback’s national unveiling. Expect plenty of plaudits for West Virginia and a stern letter, hand-written obviously, to Manny Diaz arriving by U.S. Postal on Wednesday.
Garrett Gilbert threw five interceptions for the SMU Mustangs and the Horned Frogs won by eight. I’m still of the mindset TCU begins 7-0 but the mental mistakes, red zone turnovers and sloppy play mean title contention is as likely as Gilbert winning a Heisman. I pray someone is video documenting the tale of the Ponies’ quarterback. No more sad, fascinating and necessary story in college sports.
The Big 12 favorite was off in week five. They play Kansas in week six so they’re off then too.